Besides the beautiful weather and culture that many of us take for granted down here in South Florida, one thing for sure that is not getting overlooked is the growing and vibrant Technology Community that is firmly planted in the roots of many companies and organizations in the area. I recently had the privilege of participating in the 1st Annual TigerDirect.com and Intel Holiday Technology Bash, which I’ll talk about first.
The event was held in the middle of Miami’s Design District at the historic and unique Moore Building and featured 4 floors filled with activities, entertainment, refreshments, celebrities (including Miami Dolphins Reggie Bush and Ryan Tannehill with his wife Lauren and actress Anna Kendrick) and most importantly, the latest in Intel and Windows 8 products. The top providers in the PC business showed off Ultrabooks, convertible Tablets (I’ll give myself a plug in a minute), Desktops, All-In-One Products along with bevy of techie products that would make any Geek salivate. TigerDirect and Intel used this event to help kick-off Windows 8, which was introduced on October 26th as Microsoft’s most important launch in over a decade and they have reported over 40 millions licenses sold in the first month, so W8 is off to a good start.
While we wait for the complete set of pictures and videos from the event, I am attaching a link to a contest that was held that night that TigerDirect called their: “1st annual Regional Charity PC Race” where the participants who put un-assembled PC’s together the fastest received Gift Cards and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the finals! There are several pictures and a fun video to view from the event in Miami and once I have a complete list of pictures, I’ll publish those, so stay tuned to this Blog Channel!
Link to TigerDirect 1st Annual Regional Charity PC Race from Miami http://www.charitypcrace.com/miami-regional-pc-race-2013-results/
(Glen Pictured with HP ElitePad Below)
So now back to me for a second as I fortunate enough to be able to present the new HP ElitePad 900 to the attendees, which provided very favorable reviews from those who tried it. What makes the ElitePad a bit different is that it is focused on business usage versus consumer consumption as the device is Military-Spec (Mil-Spec 810G for the Techies) and will run legacy Windows applications without having to covert those apps to make them usable on a typical tablet. The ElitePad will also have a series of “Smart Jackets” that will provide additional features and functionality such as keyboards, increased battery life and ruggedized cases for field workers. Again we saw dozens of other products from the likes of Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo, Sony and many others so the event was a total hit.
Now let’s talk about an upcoming event set for called IT Palooza, which will have the Who’s Who of South Florida Tech and will be hosting their own Holiday Party on 12/12/12 (think that you can remember the date?) at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. There will be a whole host of activities going on that day, so to quickly summarize, here is what is going on:
- 8a-8p All Day Hackathon Windows 8 and Window Phone 8
- 8a-8p Miami Ruby Brigade – Web Programming Challenge
- 2p-6p Job Opportunities Room
- 5p-6:30p – South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) Networking Hour
- 6:30p-7:30p – Keynote and Panel Discussion
- 7:30p-9p – ITPalooza House Band
Additional information is available at www.itpalooza.com including a list of the break out sessions and other activities along with Free Tickets, so register today and network with the Tech Leaders of South Florida on 12/12/12!
So South Florida are you ready to Tech-Out yet? This is the place to be so don’t get left out and be sure to get involved with organizations like TigerDirect and IT Palooza as they are helping create the path that many of us want to be on!
“Build Your Own PC” Contest at TigerDirect Technology Bash